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Gordon and Cat criticise Government over water downed safeguards on Fracking

Gordon and fellow Fylde Coast MP Cat Smith have used a Parliamentary Committee to criticise the Tories’ plans to water down important safeguards for fracking.Gordon_and_Cat.jpg

Back in January the Government accepted Labour amendments that would ban shale gas extraction in national parks, areas of “outstanding national beauty” and areas of drinking water collection.

However since then, they have gone back on their word and weakened these regulations.

Gordon said: “It’s incredibly disappointing to see Tory MPs water down the safeguards for Fracking. This is one of the biggest issues to people living on the Fylde Coast and across wider Lancashire - these local concerns are continually being ignored by an out of touch Government, who are hell bent on pushing through fracking at any cost.

“The Minister has failed to answer any questions about the visual impact of drills around areas of natural beauty - The Forest of Bowland is just one area that could be affected by drilling.”

Gordon added: “I am very keen to see stronger links between our rural and seaside economies but the sight of large scale and noisy fracking equipment will only damage these links and put off visitors and tourists from returning to the Fylde.”

Cat, who represents Lancaster and Fleetwood in Parliament, also spoke in the debate, raising the concerns of the safety to drinking water and accusing the Government of a u-turn on safeguards.

Earlier this year Gordon also spoke about fracking at Prime Minister Questions, pointing out the hypocrisy of the David Cameron’s localism policy, which gives local people the final say on wind farm applications but not plans for shale gas extraction.

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